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John Edwards: Hall of Shame

Just when I thought I had wasted too much blog space and mindshare on the transgressions of powerful, famous men – Mark Sanders, Tiger Woods, etc. – all fathers of young children, John Edwards blows the roof off all of them, especially when it comes to the parenting end of it. It did not escape my attention that he made the announcement admitting his paternity the day after Scott Brown was elected to the US Senate, giving the political media another major story to occupy them. At least he had that part of it figured out. As if it weren’t bad enough that he was cheating on his wife who was struggling with cancer, while raising young children and forever mourning the loss of their older son, all while standing by him as he ran for President, he denied it publicly, even though he was pretty darn certain he had, in fact, fathered a child with his mistress. That alone qualifies him for all-star status in the Hall of Shame. But let’s not stop there. He asks a top aide to take the blame and falsify DNA tests to prove it. Edwards wrote, in his pithy statement, “I am Quinn’s father. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.” Understands? Good luck, buster. All of America is struggling to understand, and I’d like to meet the person who has yet to figure it out.

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